Since I was bored today I thought I'd throw up a board post showing off my burgeoning collection of Michigan cards and autographed memorabilia. I've been collecting since I was a kid, and in the last 10 or 15 years I've really focused on my alma mater. These Picasa albums (which I'm always updating, so please check in every now and then!) include my Michigan autograph/relic collections from the four major sports, plus important rookies, and finally my autographed memorabilia collection I've acquired over time (either in-person or via the internet).
I'm also curious to see if there are any fellow MGoCollectors around here that would like to show off their collections and/or trade. From time to time I pick up doubles that I don't need and would be happy to get some trading going.
For now, here are links to my collection albums, which I hope some of you enjoy!:
To give you a little taste, here's a sweet card I picked up after winning a bet with a Virginia Tech fan thanks to Michigan winning the Sugar Bowl:
Bennie Oosterbaan 1955 Topps All American RC
I remember last year, after Darius decided to leave Michigan for a shot at an NBA career, many of us made negative comments about his decision. Even though others of us supported his decision (even if when standing in his shoes, we may not have made the same decision), the negativity of the many can still show through.
I remember reading a DMo quote last year in reference to the negative feedback he received from fans. I don't have a link from last year, but I remember our then incoming point guard, Trey Burke, seeking out DMo for advice in regards to playing the point-guard position at Michigan. DMo (in so many words) told him to be careful, because the fans at Michigan are fickle and will turn on a player in a heartbeat. I agree. As a fanbase, we can be very fickle. In fact most or all fanbases are.
Fast forward a year, and Trey Burke is now considering the nba draft and once again is seeking out DMO's opinions. I admittedly have not lately kept up on the comments here in re Burke, but a quick scan of many of them show that most of us are calm as he "tests the water." Will we remain calm if he decides to leave? I hope so, but I fear--based on the aftermath of DMo's decision--we may not.
We obviously want Burke back, because we want Michigan to continue to do well and to experience more success. Despite our wishes though, he is trying to make a life/career decision. Whatever that decision may be, we only hurt our reputation (as Michigan fans) if we don't unconditionally support Burke. He's part of the Michigan family, and he therefore deserves our support for the hard work he has put in to help make us champions once again in basketball. Burke, like DMo, has raised the bar at Michigan, making it better than when he first found it.
Here's what Burke recently heard from DMo:
1) in re nba evaluations, "get honest opinions . . . It's exciting, but at the same time, it's a very delicate process because a lot of thoughts are going through your head and you want to gather the best information you can to make a very important decision."
2) in re disclosing his decision, "keep it (to himself) because outsiders will have their opinions. They'll say he's selfish, but you can't fault him for trying to see where he stands."
3) in re success at the nba draft, "there's a lot of politics in the NBA [draft] . . . It's totally unpredictable."
4) in re to his own decision last year, "I have no regrets — none at all. I did all I wanted to do at U-M, which was to rebuild the program and put it on the right foot and leave things better than when I got there."
These are most (but not of all) of the quotes from todays article in the Detroit News (http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120324/SPORTS0201/203240321/1131/sports0201/Darius-Morris-advising-Michigan-guard-Trey-Burke-NBA-decision )
We may not agree with Burke's ultimate decision, but we can still choose to be a fanbase classier than most/all of the rest. Staying positive under these circumstances isn't easy. We naturally worry about the short-term situation, but Beilein has the long-term situation taken care of. I have no doubt that he will continue to grow the point-guard legacy at Michigan no matter what Burke decides. No one player is greater than the team, and no one team is greater than the program. We got this.
I just wanted to take this opportunity on Senior night to thank the seniors for what they have done for Michigan Basketball. It wasn't always pretty, or flashy, but these young men gave their everything for 4 years to help restore Michigan Basketball to its once proud state. It's a shame that their last home game was a loss, but they should know they will ALWAYS be appreciated and loved by Michigan fans. They are true Michigan Men.
Now let's win this thing with house money.
The website Complex has published an article (with great pictures!) of the best shoes Michigan players have worn through history. It's an awesome look back on the days of Ricky Green all the way to today. I remember most of these shoes, but forgot how many different styles the Fab 5 wore...many wearing different styles at the same time.
Your #1 shoe:
1. Nike Air Flight Huarache
Who: Chris Webber
After 1992, college basketball was never the same. Five kids from Michigan got together and decided they were going to rock baggy shorts, play with some major swag, and take the game by storm. It was also the year Nike released one of its most unconventional sneakers of all time, the Air Flight Huarache. Tinker Hatfield designed a shoe unlike anything before, inspired by a Mayan sandal. The shoe was one of the first to be stripped of unnecessary materials for a lightweight masterpiece. The baddest shoes on the baddest squad.
Just saw this surprising and shocking story about former Michigan b-ball player Loy Vaught being arrested at the Grand Rapids airport for some unknown cause:
This is very surprising to say the least given his high character and stellar record at U-M. I remember him coming in a as a skinny, unheralded freshman and working his butt off to become an NBA caliber player by his senior year.
The information released about the incident is extremely little. So, it's hard to make any judgements. But, I hope that this whole thing is minor and based on a misunderstanding of some kind. We'll see.
Via Detroit News:
"We have received no direction in those areas, none," Beilein said during the Big Ten coaches teleconference. "No direction from anyone; we just adopted it. There's just some uniformity with what Brady has done."